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Christians continue to be negatively affected by the homosexual rights movement. Recently, a Christian-owned bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa announced that they would be closing their doors because of the backlash they received after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Fox News reported that the bakery owners refused to bake the cake for a lesbian couple and consequently had a government investigation launched against them for possible discrimination. The news report included an alarming quote from a city official:
Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian that he was committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether the bakery discriminated against the lesbians.The secular world has determined that Christians who hold to a biblical view of marriage—that marriage is between one man and one woman, according to Genesis and many places in the Bible—need to be “rehabilitated.” Our culture has given up the authority of God’s Word to the point where biblical morality is considered some sort of illness requiring rehabilitation!
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
This event is just another indicator of the increasing intolerance and persecution of Christianity in the USA. What’s more, the owners of the bakery also received threats from those who disagreed with their decision:
Within days, militant homosexuals groups launched protests and boycotts. Klein told me he received messages threatening to kill his family. They hoped his children would die. The LGBT protestors then turned on other wedding vendors around the community. They threatened to boycott any florists, wedding planners or other vendors that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.I hope and pray the church wakes up to what is happening and what is going to happen if things continue like this in this nation. Sadly, the leadership of the USA has fostered this. I believe this sort of intolerance will become more and more common as the US government embraces and promotes homosexual marriage and other views that conflict with the clear Word of God.
I urge you to pray for Christians like these bakery owners, who stand boldly on the authority of Scripture in the face of intolerance, and to pray for our government leaders, that they would turn back to the authority of God’s Word.
We applaud believers who take a stand for biblical marriage and who won’t accept the business of a gay couple intending to “marry” and snubbing God’s Word about marriage. At the same time, we welcome the “business” of anyone coming to our Creation Museum, regardless of their worldview. You see, with our exhibits, we share with all visitors that the Bible is God’s Word and it presents the basis of true marriage.
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Steve Golden assisted in the writing of this blog.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.